Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence Livres audio Audible – Version intégrale
1150 in Provence, where making love and making paper are both crimes against the Church.
Like Game of Thrones with real history. Book 1 of the multi-award-winning epic medieval Historical Fiction series The Troubadours.
Estela wants to be Queen Aliénor’s troubadour and ex-crusader Dragonetz los Pros is commanded to teach her. In a world where love and marriage are as divided as Christian, Muslim, and Jew, personal and political passions create deadly enemies.
On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the Queen's finest troubadour and Commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder-keg of medieval Narbonne.
Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill's spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters leap off the page and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.
"Historical Fiction at its best." (Karen Charlton, author of the Detective Lavender Mysteries)
"Believable, page-turning and memorable." (Lela Michael, S.P. Review)
Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice
Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction
Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards
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It is the story of Estela, a gifted young musician, who is swept up into the retinue of one my favourite historical characters of all time: Aliénor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine. Then the Queen of France, the cultured Aliénor takes Estela on a visit to the court of Ermengarde, Viscomtesse of Narbonne, where the natural talent of the beautiful girl is tutored by the dashing Knight and troubadour, Dragonetz.
Rich in historical detail, this novel brings alive the political intrigue, culture and harsh reality of court life in the twelfth century. Despite their scheming and their obvious rivalry, I loved the characters of Ermengarde and Aliénor. Two of the most powerful women in European history, they shared a common passion and jointly promoted the ideal of `Courtly Love', while surrounded on all sides by would-be assassins, misogynistic churchmen, jealous noblemen and the problems caused by unwanted, inept husbands.
Weaving through this ambitious novel is the wonderful and tender love story of the mysterious Estela and the ambitious Dragonetz. Determined to thwart the bigoted clergy in both their business monopoly over paper, and in their plots to cleanse France of Jews and Muslims, Dragonetz is a complex and wily adversary as well as a brave, loyal and attractive lover; a hero for our own time.
I found the politics and the large cast of unfamiliar, foreign names a little confusing at first but my perseverance was well-rewarded, and I thoroughly enjoyed Song at Dawn. This is an intelligent and entertaining historical novel which vividly brings alive the mediaeval era and major characters of the time.
Medieval France is the setting of "Song at Dawn" and the intrigues there were riveting enough to keep reading into the early hours of the morning.
This was my second reading, always a compliment to the author, and I paid more attention to the details of the music, race and Church affairs. I would say I enjoyed it more on this reading.
I have already started the next book in the series "Bladesong"
Jean Gill is a very talented writer and knows how much to dish out to keep readers glued to the story.
I enjoyed the romantic section but not the bit where Ermengarda, the Viscomtesse of Narbonne arranged marriage for Estela. The poor girl to be paired with a widower with four grown up children and yet her young heart bleeds for another man. There! Jean knows how to create romantic scenes and takes you on unforgettable journey. There is no turning back for me because I want to know what happened to Dragonetz when he embarked on a long journey, leaving behind the only woman he loves.
I enjoyed Song at Dawn, it's well written.